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Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award­-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from more than 80 recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible.

This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. Family LLB  2. Global Workplace Insider 3. Michael Geist 4. Slater Vecchio Connected 5. Condo Adviser

Family LLB
If Your Spouse Moves Out, Can They Later Ask You to Pay Rent?

As was reported in a recent article in the Financial Post reported, the decision in a case called O’Brien v. O’Brien tackled the intriguing question of whether a spouse who stays behind in the matrimonial home after separation must pay “occupation rent” to the other spouse who has moved out pending their mutual divorce …

Global Workplace Insider
Employees’ freedom of speech on the Internet is not without boundaries

Books, hotels, restaurants, products: you can find reviews and rating websites for just about everything on the internet – even employers. However, employees posting internet reviews of their employer should be careful and measured in what they say, or risk being subjected to disciplinary measures – or even dismissal – if they abuse their freedom of speech. …

Michael Geist
Regulate Everything: The CRTC Goes All-In on Internet Taxation and Regulation

For two decades, a small collection of cultural groups have been pressing the CRTC to regulate and tax the Internet. As far back as 1998, the CRTC conducted hearings on “new media” in which groups argued that the dial-up Internet was little different than conventional broadcasting and should be regulated and taxed as such. The CRTC and successive governments consistently rejected the Internet regulation drumbeat, citing obvious differences with broadcast, competing public policy objectives such as affordable access, and the benefits of competition. That changed today as the CRTC released “Harnessing Change: The Future of Programming Distribution in Canada“, a difficult-to-read digital-only report (as if PDF is not digital) in which the CRTC jumps into the Internet regulation and taxation game with both feet. …

Slater Vecchio Connected
Sun’s Out, Bikes Out!

The sun is finally shining in Vancouver and the bikes are out in full force. Before you pedal off, it’s a good idea to brush up on your basic safety tips in order to keep yourself out of harm’s way: Plan ahead Plan your route and be sure to choose the safest way of getting…

Condo Adviser
Challenges with Electric Car Charging Stations in Condos

Electric car charging stations in condo buildings is a hot topic in Ontario right now, with the Province trying to lift some of the roadblocks faced by owners and corporations. We previously blogged on the recently released new regulations aimed at facilitating the installation of these charging stations in existing condo corporations. The new regulations which came into effect on May 1, 2018, provides for two distinct situations: …

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